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A new perspective

I’m currently working on this painting.  Whilst I began with bundles of enthusiasm for a moment I seemed to have hit a wall with where I wanted to take the piece.  I couldn’t decide if I loved it or HATED it.  Artists can often get ‘too close’ to their work to really understand how the image is progressing. I know I often go into ‘perfectionist mode’ too soon into the painting and become impatient.  I have an image of how I want the painting to be and I want it to get there NOW! Of course we all know that you can’t rush art ๐Ÿ™„ Sometimes in art (and life) simply looking at something from a new perspective gives the image a whole new feel, and provides us with a fresh new wave of enthusiasm for the work.  If you are struggling with a painting, turn it upside down and look at it.  Stare  at in the mirror, or simply capture it from the most awkward or interesting angle you can manage.  It really helps …

Finding inspiration for paintings

I’m no wizard with a camera, but I love the opportunity to combine my love of exploring with my love of seeking inspiration for paintings! ย It was a warm, stormy Sunday today- the perfect chance to get out there and take some reference photos. I’ve taken plenty of photos that I can’t wait to turn into images on a canvas. ย There’s something slightly hypnotic about dramatic skies and the unique quality of light that stormy days create. ย Stay tuned over the next few weeks for my latest works ๐Ÿ™‚

Life Is Not A Dress Rehearsal

The best kind of Sundays are undoubtedly spent with a paint brush in my hand, and with paint on my face. ย Today I have been having UBER amounts of fun painting a colourful little duck family with oils on MDF board. ย This is the first time I have ever painted on MDF board with oils, and I have to say it’s a lovely surface to paint on- so smooth and forgiving with the crazy colours and energetic brush strokes that I tend to use with my work! ย I cannot wait to experiment more with this surface with my new collection of paintings ‘The Joy of Animals’. ย This collection of work will be in aid of raising awareness for the Soi Dog Foundation, aย charity who provide invaluable support to some of Thailand’s most desperate dogs. ย Once the collection is complete, I will be donating 10% of all sales to the charity. ย However, it’s now time for me to pack up my paint brushes tomorrow and head home to Wales for Christmas. ย I cannot believe just how …